" I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. "
George Bernard Shaw

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Seabiscuit Defeats War Admiral in the "Match of the Century"

Seabiscuit was a famous thoroughbred racehorse. As a colt, he was undersized, knobby kneed, and given to sleeping and eating. He failed to win any of his first races and became the butt of stable jokes. In the midst of the Great Depression, however, he began to win a number of prestigious and unlikely races, becoming a symbol of hope to many Americans. Then, in a race dubbed the "Match of the Century," he met War Admiral, who had won the elusive Triple Crown, and defeated him by what margin?



Hannibal Lecter

Among the most memorable literary and film villains of all time, Lecter is a character in the series of psychological thriller novels by author Thomas Harris. Introduced in Red Dragon as a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Lecter is best known from the film adaptation of its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. In the film, Lecter is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for his chilling performance. What other actor has played Hannibal Lecter?

Born on a day like today


Stephen Crane

Often classified as the first modern American writer, Crane was among the first to introduce realism into American literature. He achieved international fame with his masterwork, The Red Badge of Courage, which depicts the psychological turmoil of a young Civil War soldier. While traveling as a war correspondent, Crane survived a shipwreck and ended up adrift in a dinghy. This ordeal inspired him to write the acclaimed story "The Open Boat." What took his life when he was just 28?

Last updated on Monday, 1st November 2010

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